PHR in the News
In the News
Watch a panel discussion led by Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi discussing the decision of the Obama administration to abandon prosecution of US personnel accused of torturing prisoners while in US custody. PHR's Kristine Huskey participates in the panel with former CIA director of counter-terrorism Robert Grenier and human rights activist Scott Horton.
The International Peoples’ Health Tribunal (IPHT) took place in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, a municipality in Guatemala’s Western Highlands. San Miguel Ixtahuacán is the main site of the Marlin mine, an open pit gold mine that is one of the most important projects of Canadian gold mining giant Goldcorp Inc. The Marlin Mine was investigated by PHR in 2010.
Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder closed the door on any accountability whatsoever for past war crimes and acts of torture. In truth, the door had by then only been open a few centimeters, but now it is slammed shut, locked, and chained. [The preface to PHR's report Broken Laws, Broken Lives, by Major General Antonio Taguba (Ret.) is quoted.]
Referencing PHR's report Weaponizing Tear Gas, the UK Parliament calls upon the UK government to "ensure that human rights concerns form the centre-point of all discussions with the Bahraini government until such time that the human rights situation in that country improves."
On Thursday, 30 August, the office of President Thein Sein released the names of some 2,000 people who were removed from Burma’s infamous blacklist. But no assurances were given for exiles on their future, safety, or dignity in Burma.